Berlin-Kiev spy drama deepens

23rd February 2004, Comments 0 comments

23 February 2004 , BERLIN - An ex-KGB spy who recently defected from the Ukraine said Sunday he was ordered by Kiev to keep an eye on German politicians and TV personnel probing suspected human organs trafficking in the Ukraine. Valeri Kravchenko, an employee of the Ukrainian SBU intelligence bureau was also a former Soviet KGB officer.

23 February 2004

BERLIN - An ex-KGB spy who recently defected from the Ukraine said Sunday he was ordered by Kiev to keep an eye on German politicians and TV personnel probing suspected human organs trafficking in the Ukraine.

Valeri Kravchenko, an employee of the Ukrainian SBU intelligence bureau was also a former Soviet KGB officer.

On the second German television network ZDF's news magazine "Mona Lisa", Kravchenko said he was told to keep an eye on opposition deputy Gabriele Stauner and on ZDF personnel for their inquiry into alleged human organs trafficking at a clinic in Kharkov.

In the interview, the 30-year-old said he was also told to try to stop the TV programme on the subject. The programme was aired in October 2003.

After that ZDF report, Stauner called on the European Human Rights commission to look into the matter and demanded an explanation from the Kiev government.

Kravchenko said he was given orders to keep an eye on those involved in the report and to find out who they had been in contact with in Germany.

His remarks were to be aired later Sunday evening on the Mona Lisa programme.

Ahead of Kuchma's visit to Berlin, Kravchenko, who had been at the Ukraine embassy before his defection, said he had been ordered to spy on opposition figures in Germany.

Kuchma himself played down the allegations, insisting that Kravchenko had quit because he was about to be sacked and said Kiev did not need a spy to keep tabs on opposition figures because their remarks could be read in the newspapers.

DPA
Subject: German news

 

 

 

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